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Programs for (Non-School) Groups

Programs are available for any group of 10 or more and are scheduled first come, first serve, according to staff availability. If you are a teacher booking a program for an accredited school, click here for school group options and pricing.

Click here to submit a Private Group Program Request!

Little Critters Workshop (for ages 2-5)

  • Ages 2-5, with parent or guardian
  • 1-hour program
  • $12 per person (child and adult)
  • Minimum program price: $120
  • Maximum group size per program: 30

Quack, trumpet, and roar your way through these adventures at the Zoo. Kick off a lifetime of curiosity and creativity with glue sticks and googly eyes, interactive storytimes, walks through the zoo, and visits from the zoo’s own live “little critters.” Each session has its own theme, so you get a different perspective every time!

Behind-the-Scenes Tour (for ages 5 and up)

  • Ages 5 and up
  • 1-hour program
  • $12 per person (child and adult)
  • Minimum program price: $120
  • Maximum group size per program: 30

Visits to the kitchen, health center, and an animal night house will give you an up-close look at what it takes for care for over 500 animals each day. After the tour, take your new perspective out into the zoo and explore for as long as you like.

Zookeeper in Training (for ages 6-12)

  • Ages 6-12
  • 2 1/2 hour program
  • $20 per child (2 adult chaperones free, additional adults $20 each)
  • Minimum program price: $200
  • Maximum group size per program: 20

So you want to be a zookeeper? Find out if you’ve got what it takes! Try your hand at a zookeeper’s unique chores in one busy morning as we prepare animal meals and treats, perform wellness check-ups, and even clean a night house. Leave your best clothes at home and come prepared to get down and dirty at the zoo. Parents may attend this program if they wish, but must pay participant fee.

Guided Tour in the Zoo (for all ages)

  • All ages
  • 1 hour program
  • $12 per person (child and adult)
  • Minimum program price: $120
  • Maximum group size per program: 30

Pick your favorite animals and set off on an adventure! Staff will bring along hands-on artifacts so you can learn more about what makes animals unique, how Keepers care for them at the Zoo, and how you can help protect their wild habitats.

Flashlight Safari (for ages 5 and up)

  • Ages 5 and up
  • Program starts at 7pm and ends at 8am the following morning
  • $40 per person (child and adult)
  • Minimum program price: $800
  • Maximum group size per program: 30

Join us for a unique overnight adventure and find out what goes on in the Zoo when no one’s around. Flashlight tours, games, and a live animal encounter are all included in the evening’s activities. In the morning, you’ll enjoy breakfast and a behind-the-scenes tour before leaving the Zoo. We provide tents, flashlights, an evening snack, and a continental breakfast.

Evening Safari (for all ages)

  • All ages
  • 3-hour program
  • $20 per person (child and adult)
  • Minimum program price: $300
  • Maximum group size per program: 30

All the fun of being in the Zoo after-hours with the luxury of sleeping in your own bed! Flashlight tours through the Zoo, a live animal encounter and a scavenger hunt will make this an evening to remember.

Live Animal Encounter (for all ages)

  • All ages
  • 1 hour program
  • $12 per person (child and adult)
  • Minimum program price: $120
  • Maximum group size per program: 30

Prepare to cozy up to a hedgehog or get friendly with a lizard during your visit to the Zoo. Join education staff members to learn what these animals eat, and how they survive in the wild.  You may even have the opportunity to touch!

Click here to submit a Private Group Program Request!

Or call the Education Department at 520-837-8200.